As someone who bets a fair amount of money on sports, I am always keen to what odds are, pretty much for every game of the NFL season. I also pay attention to “futures” which projects exactly what you would expect, the future of specific situations playing out. I have, however, always put down any sort of money with the superstition, and actual fact, that if I put any money on the Lions, I will lose.
Over the course of the last 4 seasons, I am 0-11 when I have anything riding on the Lions, whether it’s covering the spread, a straight up win or the over/under. As it currently stands, the sportsbooks in Las Vegas really like the Lions at this point in the season, and for good reason!
Green Bay has jumped Minnesota in the race for 2nd place in the NFC North at +300, meaning if you put $100 on Green Bay, you’ll come back with $300 in winnings. Detroit on the other hand, well they are sitting heavily favored at -160 which will net you just over half of what you bet on them, if they achieve the first goal of 3 (NFC North champs, NFC champs, Super Bowl champs) that we are all hoping for. Having said that, Detroit holds down the 5th spot as projected NFC Champions, and just squeak in to the Top 10 for Super Bowl champions.
The Lions may be 5.5-point underdogs heading into New Orleans to take on the Saints, but these are the games that this [Detroit] franchise has learned how to win. They may have a +9 point differential on the season compared to Dallas at +103, but a win is a win. Let us not forget just how close they are to sitting 9-2, it’s much closer than some of you want to believe it is.
Matthew Stafford is always a fun topic of conversation as there is no happy medium; love him or hate it, that’s what he has to deal with. Whether you like him or not, he is putting together a season that has him sitting towards the top half of the top 10 in the MVP race. That is fact. You wanna bet?
If Las Vegas can start believing in the Detroit Lions, it is officially safe for you to start believing in them as well, and not feel like it is a pipe dream.
Of course, I am not telling you to bet your life savings on the Lions winning the Super Bowl this season. Who knows, the Chicago Cubs won the World Series, the Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA Championship, who says that the Detroit Lions can’t hoist the Lombardi Trophy in Houston at the end of the season? Well, at least now you know that you can at least sit back and happily move away from the “Same Old Lions” group of haters.